SEATTLE (AP) -- The rest of the top NFC teams better get ready to visit the Pacific Northwest in January. After Monday night's rout, the road through the NFC playoffs is almost certain to go through Seattle.

Russell Wilson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns, and the Seattle Seahawks became the first team to clinch a spot in the NFC playoffs with a 34-7 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.


More important than just clinching a spot in the postseason, the Seahawks (11-1) moved two games ahead on the rest of the NFC in the race for home-field advantage and hold the tiebreakers over New Orleans (9-3) and Carolina (9-3), the two closest pursuers.

Wilson was outstanding, picking apart the Saints' defense. He threw touchdown passes of 2 yards to Zach Miller and 4 yards to Doug Baldwin in the first half as Seattle built a 27-7 lead. Wilson added a pinball 8-yard TD pass to Derrick Coleman in the third quarter.

"Attention to details is where it's at," Wilson said. "We had a great balanced attack. We made some huge plays."

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  • Russell Wilson

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, center, drops back as Seahawks' Robert Turbin, left, runs a pattern in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, left, causes New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) to fumble in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett recovered the fumble and ran for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

  • Derrick Coleman

    Officials, including line judge John Hussey , center, react after Seattle Seahawks' Derrick Coleman came down with the football in the end zone against the New Orleans Saints in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. The play was ruled a Seahawks touchdown. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

  • K.J. Wright

    Seattle Seahawks K.J. Wright (50) gestures after a play against the New Orleans Saints in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

  • Drew Brees

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees gestures in the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

  • Derrick Coleman

    New Orleans Saints' Kenny Vaccaro, left, signals incomplete, but Seattle Seahawks' Derrick Coleman's (40) possession of the football at right was ruled a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

  • Derrick Coleman

    Seattle Seahawks' Derrick Coleman is greeted as he leaves the field after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Marshawn Lynch

    Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) pushes off New Orleans Saints' Rafael Bush, left, in the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

  • Seattle Seahawks fans celebrate after Seahawks' Michael Bennett recovered a New Orleans Saints fumble and scored a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

  • Sean Payton

    New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, second from right, watches from the sidelin in the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

  • New Orleans Saints fans react after a play in the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

  • Doug Baldwin

    Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) celebrates after he scored a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

  • Zach Miller, Curtis Lofton, Parys Haralson

    Seattle Seahawks' Zach Miller (86) is brought down by New Orleans Saints' Curtis Lofton as Parys Haralson (98) moves in in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Pete Carroll

    Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll yells toward an official about a call in favor of the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Pete Carroll

    Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll watches from the sideline in an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Russell Wilson

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws against the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Marshawn Lynch

    Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs against the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Jimmy Graham

    New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham spikes the ball through the goal posts after he scored a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Russell Wilson

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson looks to pass against the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Jimmy Graham

    New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham breaks through Seattle Seahawks' Bobby Wagner (54) and Earl Thomas, right, to score a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Jimmy Graham

    New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham runs to spike the ball after scoring a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Zach Miller

    Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller (86) scores a touchdown as New Orleans Saints' Curtis Lofton (50) and Ramon Humber (53) look on in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

  • Seattle Seahawks' Zach Miller, second from right, is hugged by Seahawks' Breno Giacomini, left, after Miller scored a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints' in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Drew Brees

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes under pressure from Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

  • Russell Wilson, Keenan Lewis

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, left, pushes off New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis, right, as Wilson keeps the ball in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Drew Brees

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees hands off to Pierre Thomas in the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

  • Drew Brees, Cliff Avril

    Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, right, causes New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) to fumble in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett recovered the fumble and ran for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Michael Bennett

    Seattle Seahawks' defensive end Michael Bennett returns a fumble for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Drew Brees

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees passes during warmups before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

  • Chris Clemons, Pierre Thomas

    Seattle Seahawks' Chris Clemons, left, and Brandon Mebane, right, tackle New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Drew Brees

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees calls to his team before a taking a snap in the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Russell Wilson

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson throws during warmups before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Russell Wilson

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson stretches before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints passes against the Seattle Seahawks during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints calls a play against the Seattle Seahawks during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Tight end Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints runs with the ball after a reception as defensive tackle Tony McDaniel #99 of the Seattle Seahawks defends during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks carries the ball against the New Orleans Saints during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Running back Mark Ingram #22 of the New Orleans Saints carries the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints reacts against the Seattle Seahawks during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Running back Robert Turbin #22 of the Seattle Seahawks is tackled by strong safety Kenny Vaccaro #32 of the New Orleans Saints during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints looks on against the Seattle Seahawks during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Wide receiver Ricardo Lockette #83 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after a catch against the New Orleans Saints during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Running back Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints carries the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes against the New Orleans Saints during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints passes against the Seattle Seahawks during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints calls a play in the huddle against the Seattle Seahawks during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks looks on during a game against the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints passes against the Seattle Seahawks during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints walks to the sideline against the Seattle Seahawks during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks carries the ball against the New Orleans Saints during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints passes against the Seattle Seahawks during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Michael Bennett had a 22-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the first quarter to give Seattle a 10-0 lead and the Saints never threatened. It was a dominating performance by the Seahawks, making up for a lackluster effort the last time they were given a national television spotlight and were taken to the final yard and final play by St. Louis.

Not this time. The most anticipated game in the NFC this season was a laugher.

Wilson completed 22 of 30 passes and finished with a quarterback rating of 139.6. He has 22 regular-season wins in his first two seasons, tied for the most ever by a second-year QB.

Drew Brees and the Saints were stymied the entire night as he lost for the first time on Monday night after nine straight wins, and continued the belief New Orleans can't win outdoors late in the season. New Orleans didn't crack 100 yards of total offense into midway through the third quarter. Jimmy Graham was nearly invisible outside of his franchise-record 12th TD catch of the season in the second quarter that pulled the Saints to 17-7.

Brees finished 23 of 38 for 147 yards. Graham had three catches for 42 yards. Darren Sproles led New Orleans with seven catches, many of those check downs. The seven points were tied for the fewest scored by the Saints since Sean Payton became coach in 2006 and the 188 total yards were the fewest in his coaching tenure.

"Lot of things to look at," Payton said. "Lot of things we didn't do well."

The Saints went three-and-out on their first possession and that was just the start of their struggles. On their next possession, Brees was hit from behind by Cliff Avril and fumbled into the arms of Bennett, who returned it for the touchdown.

Brees was unable to take advantage of Seattle's depleted secondary. The Seahawks were without Brandon Browner (injury) and Walter Thurmond (suspension) but Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane played well in their places. The Saints couldn't find way to exploit the backups and the pressure from Seattle's defensive line had Brees rushing his throws much of the night.

"We try to make it about us playing disciplined, sound football. Everybody do their assignment and we should be good," Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said. "And that's what we did tonight."

Seattle used the bye week to add wrinkles to its offense. Wilson was a threat not only passing but running with the zone read again becoming an addition to the playbook. Wilson carried five times in the first half, three of those designed keepers.

But it was his passing that stole the show. Wilson was 14 of 19 in the first half for 226 yards and a rating of 148.1. It was the second time in three games Wilson threw for at least 200 yards in the first half.

He found Miller open for a 60-yard catch-and-run to convert a third-and-1 early in the second quarter, then capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Miller and a 17-0 lead. Wilson later hit Doug Baldwin for 52 yards. Seattle had seven pass completions of 12 or more yards in the first half. The Seahawks finished with 315 first-half yards, the most allowed by the Saints in a first half since 2005 against Minnesota.

Wilson's night was so good, his passes that should have been incompletions ended up becoming touchdowns. Facing second-and-goal from the Saints 8, Wilson threw a pass intended for reserve tight end Kellen Davis. The ball deflected to Coleman for a score.